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Back On Road: Mavs Suffer Season’s Worst Loss At Philadelphia

(Credit: Getty Images, Michael Leff)

(Credit: Getty Images, Michael Leff)



As the third quarter dwindled to a close, Sixers center Jahlil Okafor netted a layup on an assist from Sergio Rodriquez. The Dallas Mavericks trailed the Philadelphia 76ers by 30 points as Nicolas Brussino missed a last-second prayer from 58 feet.



A barrage of bench play followed in the fourth, resulting in a 114-76 loss for the Mavs. Dwight Powell led Dallas in scoring, chipping in 14 points off the bench in the loss. The Mavs drop to 29-39 on the season and 9-24 in games away from American Airlines Center. Dirk Nowitzki led all Mavs starters with 10 points on 5-of-9 from the field in 19 minutes.





Justin Anderson starred in his first matchup pitted against his former squad. Anderson totaled 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists off the bench in the Sixers victory. Nerlens Noel chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block in his return to Wells Fargo Center.




Wesley Matthews returned to the starting lineup for Dallas, chipping in 3 points, 2 assists and 2 rebounds on 1-of-8 shooting, including 0-for-5 from three. Dallas shot 5-of-23 from three (21.7 percent) in the loss while the Sixers were 12-of-29 (41.4 percent). The Mavericks were also outrebounded 55-34 on the glass in the loss.





Along with Powell and Noel, Mavs guard J.J. Barea appeared to provide a positive spark off the bench. Barea contributed 11 points and 4 assists in the loss. Despite committing three turnovers, Barea looked to involve Noel as a pick-and-roll asset throughout the contest.





A brief glance at the schedule reveals 14 more opportunities for Dallas. Eight of those contests are on the road where the Mavs have struggled to find success this season.



Looking ahead, the Mavs are back in action at 11 a.m. Sunday when Dallas squares off against the Brooklyn Nets in New York.

Podcast host and credentialed media member covering Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Wings | Roamed the rapidly growing area of Arlington Texas for the last 25 years. I graduated Texas Tech in 2014 with my Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications and currently obsess over basketball full-time. In my free time, I'm a substitute teacher and also an Uber driver. I've been following the Mavs since Jason, Jimmy and Jamal were young up-and-comers. If you need their last names, please don't ask me.

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